[78-L] 1st Family

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Sat Mar 6 15:11:38 PST 2010

Royal Pemberton wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 10:53 PM, David Lennick <dlennick at sympatico.ca>wrote:
>> As a matter of fact, people stopped listening to the album after the
>> assassination, Volume 2 was withdrawn, and sales of comedy albums were
>> dismal
>> for the next fifteen years. There were a few albums that attempted to
>> continue
>> the political humor idea, and Cary finds them funnier than I do (I did a
>> series
>> for the CBC on the history of political humor on record from the 1910s
>> through
>> 1980 and I couldn't end it soon enough once we got past JFK). There were
>> also
>> Lou Jacobi and friends doing Yiddish for Yanks on a few albums, but the
>> comedy
>> record was a dead duck till Steve Martin rescued it (or buried it). "Let's
>> Get
>> Small" probably turns up in thrift stores more than any other album and
>> that
>> includes ABBA and Peter Frampton.
>> dl
>> Were sales of 'party' records (by that era meaning by such as Redd Foxx and
> later Richard Pryor) affected, relatively small as their sales likely were
> due to subject matter and language?

Don't have sales figures, but I hardly ever run across even Richard Pryor's 
more popular albums in the Goodwill. Or for that matter Bob Newhart or Bill 
Cosby. Rusty Warren, yes.


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